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Library History

Read how the Bondurant Community Library was established and how it has evolved to become such an important part of our community.

HISTORY OF ORGANIZATION

The Bondurant Community Library has been operating since 1976.  It was originally located in a small brick building in the downtown area.  In 1997, the library moved ½ block north to a location at 17 Main St. SE, which provided 1,920 square feet of space, where the library resided until November, 2008.  In December, 2008, work was completed on a new facility, which provides approximately 7,365 square feet of space, or about triple the size of the previous library building.  Inside the new library are public Internet computer stations, an outdoor patio, a fireplace, and a Community Meeting Room with a capacity of 90 people that is available to the public for meetings. 

The Bondurant Community Library received state accreditation in 2003.  It is a part of the Central Library Service Area and the Polk County Library Association.  It participates in the Open Access and Inter-library Loan program.  The library is able to offer library services, such as circulation of books, videos, DVDs, audio and CD books, downloadable audio and ebooks, puzzles, puppets, and magazines.  Public access to computers, internet, fax machine, scanner, and photocopier are available.  Programming includes a summer reading program, story times, outreach programs to the school, tours of the library, monthly programs for elementary aged children, visits to Courtyard Estates, and adult book discussion group.   The library is open 47.5 hours per week.

Interested in more history? Check out the Iowa Historical Society.